February Newsletter
February 12, 2019
Lt. Governor Announces PLTW Grants,
Expanding PLTW to 235 Schools in MA in 2019-20
The Baker-Polito Administration announced $1.2 million in school grants to expand computer science, engineering, and biomedical science education for students at 58 schools across the Commonwealth in grades K-12. Of the 58 participating schools, 35 schools are implementing their first Project Lead The Way course and 23 schools are expanding STEM course offerings for students.

Click here to read more.
Teacher Opportunities
MA District Leader Computer Science Challenge
Mission: CS Possible 2 offers a computer science challenge for district leaders to program their own mobile application: using MIT App Inventor, create a mobile app to decorate an image for a snow day announcement.

Remind your district lead to submit! The winning district will receive middle school computer science curriculum and training through PLTW for school year 2019-20! Help from students is allowed and encouraged.

The deadline to enter has been extended to March 13th ! Submit your entry by tweeting using #CSPossible & tag @massupt & @Mass_STEMHub or email connect@mass-stemhub.org. To learn more about this contest click here .
Learning Teams are off to a great start- it's not too late to join!
Our Community Lead's Learning Teams are up and running and it's not too late to join! Teams work together throughout the year to provide peer to peer support. Connect with PLTW teachers around the state to share best practices and tips, swap resources, and celebrate successes. To learn more, click here
Gateway Learning Team Lead's Classroom Excels
Ginger Lavelle, 7th grade Design and Modeling teacher at Sandwich STEM Academy, brought her PLTW classroom to the real-world. Ginger's students recently completed their Therapeutic Toy Projects for children with cerebral palsy.

Once completed, student teams showcased their work to their peers. The top six prototypes voted on by the students are now at Spaulding Children's Center in Sandwich. Occupational therapists and physical therapists will provide feedback to the teams and vote on the top 3 designs that will go to the Design Showcase on June 4th.

If you are interested in learning about more ideas like this and how to implement them in the classroom Learning Teams are a great resource!
Design and Modeling therapeutic toy prototypes designed by
7th graders at Sandwich STEM Academy on display for feedback.
Spring Professional Development Day
March 6, 2019
@ Worcester Polytechnic Institute
All PLTW teachers , please join us for a Project Lead The Way day of professional development. PD opportunities will be available for all PLTW curricular areas—Launch, Gateway, Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering.

What you can expect:
  • Sessions led by PLTW Master Teachers and content experts
  •  Best practices and strategies to use in your project based learning classroom
  • Networking with other PLTW teachers from around the state
  • Student exemplars of major PLTW projects

7:30am           Registration opens
8:00am           Morning Sessions
12:00pm         Lunch
1:00pm           Afternoon Sessions
*Programming will wrap up by 3pm. 

Registration is now open! Click here to sign up by February 27 .
Student Opportunities
All Online Industry Challenges Now Open!
Students submit classwork from their PLTW course and will receive feedback from industry experts. Entries are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline. Students are encourage to submit as soon as the lesson has been completed in class!

Courses with Online Challenges for this school year include:

High School
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture - due February 27
  • Computer Science Essentials - due May 8
  • Computer Science Principals - due April 12
  • Introduction to Engineering Design - due March 7
  • Human Body Systems - due May 8
  • Medical Intervention- due March 15
  • Principals of Biomedical Science - due February 13
  • Principles of Engineering - due February 27
  • App Creators - due April 10
  • Automation and Robotics - due April 10
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers - due April 10
  • Green Architecture - due April 10
Launch (teachers, submit on behalf of your students)
  • K-Structure and Function: Exploring Design - due April 10

Student Spring Showcase Events
Time for PLTW students of all ages to showcase their hard work from the year and receive valuable real-world feedback from STEM professionals!
April 26, 2019
@ Peabody Essex Museum
For PLTW Automation and Robotics
May 2, 2019
For ALL PLTW High School Students
May 23, 2019
@ Franklin Park Zoo
Animal Adaptations and Stability & Motion: Forces & Interactions
June 4, 2019
@ Merck Laboratories
For PLTW Design and Modeling
Contact Faith McDuffie to reserve your spot for the Launch Showcase .
Other registrations deadlines have past, reach out today for potential
space availability.
Calling all STEM Seniors:
Student Scholarships Available!
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Beginning in 2019, they are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year.  The application period is open through March 12th. Click here to learn more.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
This scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary students who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories include science, technology, engineering, & mathematics.
The application period is open through February 13th. Click here to learn more.
Teacher Resources
Lead Launch Teacher Training
There are two upcoming online training sessions to be trained as a Lead Launch Teacher. Each course meets bi-weekly for 5 sessions.
  • Tuesday, February 12th, 7-9pm
  • Thursday, February 21st, 8-10pm

To learn more and sign up , visit your myPLTW account-->Professional Development-->Catalog-->View 2018-19 Launch Lead Teacher Training.

Need access to Launch Training Kits?
If you are training other teachers at your school and you need access to the PLTW Launch training kit, Mass STEM Hub has two kits available to loan out to MA Launch Lead Teachers. Email Faith McDuffie today to learn more.
2019-20 PLTW Outstanding Teacher and Educational Leader Nominations
Each year, PLTW recognizes Outstanding Teachers and Educational Leaders who have a significant and positive impact in a PLTW school or district.
Award nomination portals are now open through March 31st. Visit the PLTW Outstanding Teacher portal  & the PLTW Outstanding Educational Leader portal.
Join the Massachusetts PLTW Educator Facebook Community!
Why join?
  • Connect with other PLTW teachers in MA, share ideas & ask questions
  • Access tips & best practices from fellow MA PLTW teachers

How to join:
  1. Follow the Mass STEM Hub Facebook page
  2. Request to join the “Project Lead The Way Teachers in MA”
Summer 2019 Core Training

PLTW has launched the Core Training Hub Info Center , where you can learn more about the 2019 Core Training hubs and gather details to plan for your 2019 Core Training experience. Registration for Core Training opens on March 5th in myPLTW .
Teacher Grad Credit Opportunity
PLTW Teachers: You may be able to earn graduate school for your PLTW training depending on what courses you've been trained in. Click here to learn more.
Classroom Spotlight
Hudson Public Schools are implementing PLTW Launch in their elementary classrooms. Teachers have been working on how to help students retain the key concepts throughout the module. One technique teachers have used was to spiral review of module specific vocabulary and concepts in morning meetings. They even incorporated themes into center activities so students had sustained exposure throughout the module!
Transportation Grants
Need funding for field trip transportation?

Below are various grant opportunities for bus funding that can be used to attend Mass STEM Hub events.
Big Yellow School Bus $250 grant to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Looking for additional funding opportunities for your STEM programs? Click the names below to learn more about each individual grant opportunity.
Have a question for Mass STEM Hub?
Do you have an idea for a student or teacher event? Are you an industry professional looking to get involved? Do you have a question about PLTW implementation? Are exciting things happening in your classrooms that should be shared in our newsletter?

Please get in touch by emailing Faith at   fmcduffie@mass-stemhub.org .